I want to begin by expressing my gratitude to every member
of VFW, our Ladies Auxiliary, the Cooties and our Men’s
Auxiliary for all the hours of hard work and commitment to
our programs. We have made some changes we hope will
help make your efforts more focused and effective.
VFW Programs are now divided into three areas. The
greatest emphasis will be on our “Core Programs.” These will
be emphasized in training, supported with materials, reported
and are expected to be a part of every Post’s effort. “Special
Projects” will also be supported and encouraged but should
be considered as electives based on the interest and desires
of the local Post. “Other Activities” are suggested efforts that
are, again, up to the discretion of each Post and the needs in
I strongly urge every Post to participate in our Core
Programs. Beyond those, I hope you will participate in the
other programs and activities that fit your Post and your
In the final analysis, VFW Programs are the most public
face the VFW has in the community. By actively working our
programs, every Post will achieve tangible public good will
that will result in greater honor for our organization and our
veterans, increased community support and new members.
Viable programs, well executed, are the best thing you can do
for your Post and your Post can do for the community.
Thank you again for all you do for our veterans, those in
uniform and the communities in which you live.
A Message from Commander-in-Chief Thomas J. Tradewell, Sr.
VFW’s chairmen do more than just plan
projects to improve their communities.
They also recruit volunteers, build
relationships with community leaders,
organize partnerships with civic groups
and promote the VFW.
You Are the Point Person
A program chairman should understand
one important fact right from the outset:
You are the Post’s point man in your
community. As chairman you will be
your Post’s liaison to:
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